Franklin Graham: Hostility Toward Christians in U.S. Will Grow Unless We Stand Up

Hostility toward Christians in the United States is on the rise and will grow unless believers stand up for their freedoms of religion and conscience, stated BGEA President Franklin Graham in a recent message to ministry friends.

Graham noted how the persecution of Christians is escalating worldwide.

“In many countries, [believers] are being systematically tortured and slaughtered by Islamic radicals hellbent on eradicating any vestige of Christianity. Churches are burned, looted, and bulldozed. Pastors are frequently targeted and martyred,” the evangelist reported.

Furthermore, in dozens of other countries, Christians are severely oppressed by government authorities and routinely denied any chance at an education and jobs.

“They live as second-class citizens, shunned and mocked by their neighbors who despise Christ,” Graham shared.

And while Christians in America may have it better, Graham noted how they are already targets of progressives, LGBT activists, and the anti-God forces of secularism.

“The Bible says that we should not be surprised by such hostility and persecution,” Graham stated before referring to 2 Timothy 3:1,12.

Still, the outspoken Christian leader stressed the need for believers in the U.S. to stand up or face growing hostility.

“We must not underestimate the power of godless, immoral forces who are seeking to impose their anti-Christian agenda on all of us,” he said.

Presently, Graham is traveling state-to-state for his Decision America Tour. So far more than 71,000 people have joined Graham at the events in the states where he and his team have been, and more than 22,000 people have committed to pray for America and its future, to stand firm on the Word of God, to live out their faith boldly, and to actively engage in the current election process.

Those interested in making the pledge can do so by visiting

Later this month, Graham and his team will be in Jefferson City, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Pierre, S.D.; and Bismarck, N.D. For specific dates and locations, click here.

By NRB Staff

Published: May 12, 2016


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